According to the History Channel, "the American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar." I find myself being very curious about how Jarvis' mother felt about the later part of the story. I know whenever I have suggested the over commercialization of the holiday it has not ended well for me at family gatherings. Not to mention it made for a
really lame Father's day. I hope all of the mothers connected to our Stony Brook community are well celebrated and honored this weekend. Feel free to forward this email to any of the members of the family who have not yet got the hint that saying you celebrate your mother everyday does not exempt folks from making this Sunday extra special :?)
A couple of reminders for upcoming events:
Next Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00, we will be meeting with parents of incoming 6th graders to discuss life in the middle and to open communication with them as they prepare to transition to middle school. During the evening we will be discussing the different teams that exist in 6th grade and the wide variety of resources that we have to help students succeed here at Stony Brook. Project-Based Learning has continued to grow as a strategy throughout the building and we will continue to offer a specifically focused Project-Based Learning team for 6th grade next year. Additionally, the two person teacher team in 7th grade will also be operating with a specific Project-Based Learning focus so we will have PBL Teams in both 6th and 7th grade next year. Following the Parent information session
for Incoming 6th graders, we will have an informational session for parents of incoming 7th Grade students who would like to hear more about the 7th Grade PBL Team specifically. That discussion will start around 7:00 following the 6th Grade Parent information session. So, in short, 6:00 for Incoming 6th Grade (all things 6th grade) & 7:00 for Incoming 7th Grade (mainly for PBL Q & A).
Recently, WPS World Language Curriculum Coordinator, Ms. Sharon Charbonnier, met with parents to answer questions about the World Language Selection Process for incoming 7th grade students. The link for the selection is now open and can be accessed by clickinghere The deadline to complete this form is Friday, May 18,
2018. Students who submit forms after the deadline are subject to space availability. Additionally, she asked that we share this Parent Letter which outlines the process and describes the options available.
Join us next Friday, May 18th in the Stony Brook Cafe as SBTA presents our second annual Dinner Theatre: Heroes and Villains! It will be an evening of good food and great performances! Tickets are $15 and include pasta bar, salad, water, and dessert.
Just before vacation, we were asked to participate in a study regarding helmet use among skiers and snowboarders. Students who participate in our ski/snowboard program received information in the mail about the study which includes a survey that will be conducted here at Stony Brook. In order to participate, students need to return the consent forms before Weds, May 16. If other students who were not able to participate in the ski/snowboard program this year would like to participate, they can see either me or our nurse, Ms. Hanly.
Hopefully, all of the mothers have a wonderful day tomorrow!
Dr. Christopher Chew
Stony Brook School
Westford, MA 01886
Support your Middle School PTO!
Our fundraising progress has stalled - We are still over $10,000 away from our goal. Click below to donate so we can continue to offer quality programs and events to your children: https://www.paypal.me/westfordmspto.
Teacher Appreciation Week is coming - May 14th to May 18th.
Please click this link to join the volunteer team that is planning this special event that conveys our appreciation to our dedicated Middle School staff. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!
Mythmasters: Tales from Greek Mythology
This exciting event for the Grade 7 teams will be held on May 21st at 9:00 a.m. (Stony Brook) and 11:40 a.m. (Blanchard). We still need some help at Blanchard - click here to sign up if you can meet the presenter at 11:10.
8th graders will delight in this presentation being held at Stony Brook (9:00 a.m.) and Blanchard (11:55 a.m.) on Wednesday, June 6th. We still need one parent volunteer from each school to meet the presenter a ½ hour before the program starts. Click here to volunteer.
8th Grade Celebration!
This annual and much-anticipated event is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 at the Stony Brook School. In order for this event to be a success, we not only need MORE MONEY but we also need about 50 parent volunteers. Please click here sign up to help.
WMSPTO is on Facebook - check it out!
Are You Ready To Run For A Good Cause?
The 19th Annual Westford Road Race is coming! Hundreds of runners from all over the region will come together at the Abbot School to participate in the Family Fun Run or the 5K or 10K races on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The Family Fun Run starts at 2:00 p.m., the 5K starts at 2:20 p.m., and the 10K starts at 2:25 p.m. Want to join us? Go to http://roadrace.westford.org/regform.html for registration information. The first 600 pre-registered participants will receive race t-shirts. Registration fees are $15 per person
for the Fun Run, $25 per person for the 5K, and $30 per person for the10K, if you register before April 21. After April 21, the cost of the 5K is $30 and the 10K is $35. The event is organized by the Westford Charitable Foundation, Inc., which has given nearly $350,000 back to the community. Want to make a tax-deductible donation? Go to https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/westford-charitable-foundation-inc for details. This is a fun community event you will not want to miss.
‘Hit a Homerun for Habitat’ at Fenway Park
Wed, Sept 12, 2018, 7:10 pm
Boston Red Sox vs Toronto Blue Jays
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell is partnering with Friends of Rajiv Paluri to host a Red Sox Night!
Invite all your friends, family, and neighbors to join us on Wed, Sept 12, at 7:10 p.m. to watch the Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays in the upper bleachers.
At just $25 per ticket, this fundraiser is a great way to enjoy a night at Fenway with friends & family, while supporting the construction of affordable homes for deserving families in Westford, Tewksbury, and Lowell. A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to The Rajiv Paluri Memorial Fund.